Burgenland Blaufrankisch with style: Prieler Johanneshöhe 2019

Besides Dorli Muhr, we also visited another highly regarded Austrian producer a month ago, Weingut Prieler. It was another great experience, I was amazed by the hospitality and kindness of our host, Georg Prieler. Also, the wines looked really good at the winery, and I can say that I found their Johanneshöhe just as convincing when opened a bottle at home.

Forget oaky and showy Burgenland blaufrankisch, here is the traditional face of the variety. Savoury, dusty, earthy nose. Vintage sour cherry preserves with a smoky-bitter edge. Classical proportions, medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Sinewy and structured, properly extracted, but all the parts are integrated now, it drinks beautifully. Real, raw blaufrankisch with lots of personality and great concentration. 90 points. Drink now – 2026. Good value at 13,00 €, stockist are winery webshop, Weinshop24.at and many more in Austria, Kisbécs in Hungary.